AIR CANADA CENTRE
PUCK DROP: 7 p.m.
RADIO: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes, and William Nylander, Leafs. This could be an interesting meeting between two excellent rookies who have faced each other numerous times in international play. Aho, a native of Finland, shares the team lead in assists with eight, and is tied for third in team scoring with 10 points. Nylander, a native of Sweden, has moved from a line with Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman to one with Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov. Nylander also has eight assists, and is tied for third in Leafs scoring with 14 points.
The Hurricanes, coming off a five-game homestand, are on a four-game winning streak. But they play nine of their next 11 games on the road . . . Carolina goalie Cam Ward, who has had some excellent games against Toronto over the years, has been hot in November, with a 5-1-2 record, a 1.59 GAA and a .944 save percentage . . . Elias Lindholm, who turns 22 on Dec. 3, scored his first goal of the season against Winnipeg on Sunday. The Swedish centre had a career-high 19 goals two seasons ago. Defenceman Noah Hanifin, who the Leafs considered as a potential first-round pick two years ago, also scored his first goal Sunday.
Wednesday, at New Jersey, 7 p.m.